Teen Hero Temar Boggs Tracks Down Kidnapper on His Bike, Rescues 5-Year-Old Girl
When Temar Boggs, a 15-year-old teen in Lancaster Township, Penn., learned authorities were searching for an abducted 5-year-old girl on Thursday, he hopped on his bike to look for her.
"I had the gut feeling that I was going to find the little girl,” he said.
Boggs and six friends joined the search, even though they did not know the girl or her family.
"We got all of our friends to go look for her," he told the Lancaster Online. "We made our own little search party."
After checking the nearby woods and a creekbed, the group returned to their apartment building. At that point, there were even more police and TV news crews on the scene.
Boggs kept looking. That is when he spotted a suspicious maroon vehicle. The car, driven by an older white male, turned around before it reached the top of a hill where police were gathered. It then began taking side streets.
Boggs took off after the vehicle and got close enough to see the little girl inside. Noticing the teen, the driver stopped the car, threw the girl out and sped away.
"She runs to my arms and said, 'I need to see my mommy,'" Boggs said.
Boggs carried the little girl to the police. His friend Chris Garcia guided his bike back for him so he could hold her.
Later he met with the girls family who “were just saying that I was a hero, that I was a guardian angel and that it was amazing that I was there and was able to find the girl.”
"I'm just a normal person," he said. Boggs said he is just the average kid who likes to run track, play football and basketball.
"It was a blessing for me to make that happen,” he said.
His mother, Tamika Boggs, said she is proud of what her son did.
"You just hope you raise your child the right way ... He's learning what I tell him, to help others," she said.